What is “Ama” in Ayurveda?
Such partially degraded material cannot be used by the system and clogs it, causing a reaction from the immune system and many diseases.
In other words: “ama” is the term by which Ayurveda calls what we usually call “toxins”.
How Ama is formed?
When the doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha, are in the wrong ratio with each other, this also lead to the formation of Ama dosha.
Why is Ama formed?
The mechanisms may be as follows:
- Negative feelings such as grief, anger, anxiety, fear, etc.
- Eating foods containing incompatible products, such as milk and fruit
- Eating heavy or indigestible food
- Overeating or irregular eating
- Eating food that is subjectively perceived as unpleasant
- Regular consumption of raw, cold and uncooked food
- Eating foods that cause bloating
- Eating foods that irritate the stomach and intestines
- Consumption of unclean and contaminated (infected) food
- Consumption of dry, fried or dehydrated foods
- Consumption of food soaked in too much water
Main effects of Ama
They accumulate in the colon and become a heterogeneous, impure and sticky substance that clogs the intestines, capillaries and blood vessels.
Subsequent chemical reactions lead to the formation of toxins that are absorbed into the bloodstream and enter the general circulation.
- Spasms, obstruction, stagnation and weakness of the organs.
- Reduction of the body’s resistance.
- Development of acute and chronic diseases of tissues, organs and systems.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Ama is the root of all diseases.
Signs and symptoms of ama
clogging of the canals
loss of strength
a barrier to the flow of Vayu
disorders of the urge to defecate, urinate, excrete gas, etc.
The influence of ama on doshas, date (tissue transformation) and mala (waste substances) leads to states called Sama dosha, Sama dathu and Sama mala, respectively, and its absence to Prakruti, Niram dathu and Nirama mala
Here is how these disorders are diagnosed and treated:
- Duct blockage
- Lack of appetite
- Feeling of daggers
- Pain in the joints or the whole body
Hot, spicy and dry Ayurvedic products are used to deal with Sama Vata. Dry rubs are also done in the form of massages with herbal powders and Niruha Basti (healing enema with herbal decoction).
Signs of disturbances in the functions of the Pitta energy (Sama Pitta), which are due to the presence of ama in the body, are:
- Unpleasant odor
- Belching with acids
- Burning in the throat and heart area
- Green secretions (waste products)
- Weight in the body
This condition can be affected by the use of bitter Ayurvedic products such as amrut, halo, etc.,
- Clogged ducts
- Loss of appetite
- Stop belching
Fasting (laghana) has been shown to be effective in Sama Kapha.
Sama and Nirama dathu (tissue transformation)
The date itself is associated with a loss of normal properties and functions caused by accumulation at the cellular level.
At Nirama dathu there is a normal structure and functions.
Sama Purisha (stool)
- Abundant amount
- Unpleasant odor
- Sticky texture
- Lack of form
- Immersion in water
The absence of such anomalies is called Nirama purish and is considered the norm in defecation.
Sama Mutra (urine)
- Turbid urine
- Larger amount and higher density than normal
- Unpleasant odor
With Nirama puris, the urine is clean, clear, odorless and with a normal amount and density.
Short-term treatment of Ama
Other approaches can be:
- Dry sweating therapy using textile bags filled with different “sand”.
- Panchakarma, such as Vamana and Virechana, where treatment begins with deepan (appetizers) and palchan (gas agents) and then moves on to the actual detoxification process.
Some of the herbs used in ama disorders are ginger, castor oil, Guduchi, Balataka, Kuchala, etc.
Long-term treatment of Ama
- Weak dhatu (“tissue fire”).
- Exogenous causes – mainly microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi.
- Accumulation of waste products during tissue metabolism.
- Accumulation of ama on a fine level due to negative feelings.
- Negative influence of free radicals
Eradicating these causes can prevent the re-accumulation of ama in the body.
Visit Ayurveda Vaidya (doctor) for early diagnosis of Ama
After the appropriate diagnosis, the therapist may recommend programs that affect both the causes of the formation of ama and the consequences.